When we hear a song from a particular movie or TV show, we are instantly transported to a memorable scene or reminded of an emotion we felt while watching it. Soundtracks and film scores have the power to evoke so many things and bring our favorite films and series to life. These Candlelight concerts in Manchester are celebrating the influence of music composed for the screen at magnificent venues across the city.
Between the breathtaking architecture of venues like Manchester Cathedral and Hallé St Peter’s, a sea of candles, and talented musicians, you just might feel like you are in a movie yourself.
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Hans Zimmer’s Best Works at Hallé St Peter’s
Even if you haven’t heard of Hans Zimmer, you’ve definitely heard his music. Those bewitching rhythms you associate with Pirates of the Caribbean or the ceremonious notes of the main theme for The Crown you’ve grown so fond of were composed by the award-winning, German composer. Having scored over 150 films, Zimmer has been revolutionizing the approach to film scoring for decades. Immerse yourself in an evening of adventure at this intimate tribute to a musical genius.
The Best of Joe Hisaishi at Hallé St Peter’s
Joe Hisaishi is a Japanese composer, musical director, pianist, and conductor. Known for his lengthy association with Studio Ghibli, Hisaishi has composed pieces for over 100 films. An expert at storytelling, his music is rich in nostalgia and emotional depth. This Candlelight tribute to Joe Hisaishi features classical renditions of some of his most famous works from films such as Spirited Away, Howl’s Moving Castle, and Princess Mononoke.
100 Years of Warner Bros. at Manchester Cathedral
Warner Bros. is celebrating 100 years in the business of film this year. Since the release of their first full-scale picture, My Four Years in Germany, in 1928, Warner Bros. has grown into one of the “Big Five” major American film studios. And, Candlelight is joining in on the celebrations with a special tribute to music composed for some of the studio’s greatest films and tv shows, including pieces from “Casablanca”, “Purple Rain”, and “Friends”.
The Best of Zelda at Hallé St Peter’s
Any Zerd out there will tell you that the iconic music from The Legend of Zelda will make you swell with pride and courage, as you follow Link in his quest to save the magical land of Hyrule from the evil warlord Ganon. Although the music, as its characters, differs from game to game, there is a feeling of melancholy that ties all the tracks together, from the best known Ocarina of Time and Link’s Awakening to Twilight Princess and the more recent Breath of the Wild.
The famous Japanese composer Koji Kondo, known for his work in various Nintendo games, including Super Mario, composed different music for scenes and characters for the initial games, so that the players would immediately orientate themselves within the game. His playful and fantastical melodies will come to life at Hallé St Peter’s in an otherworldly evening of classical music that will unlock memories and inspire minds.
Rings & Dragons at Manchester Cathedral
For those of us that grew up watching The Lord of the Rings movies, their soundtracks are an indelible part of who we are. As you hear the ethereal notes of The Passing of the Elves at Manchester Cathedral, you are reminded of the Wood-elves singing, beautifully setting the scene. When the trumpets and cymbals of The Cavern of Isengard sound across the sanctuary, you can’t help but get the chills as you’re reminded of Saruman’s rise to power.
To add more oomph to it all, also featured in the programme are renditions of popular soundtracks from the Game of Thrones franchise, including Winter Is Coming and Fire and Blood (House Targaryen theme), as well as highly recognized scores from Rings of Power, composed by Howard Shore and Bear McCreary. It will make for a magical night you won’t want to miss out on!
Is there anything more relaxing than sitting in a candlelit setting surrounded by beautiful architecture and listening to classical music? Candlelight concerts provide the perfect opportunity to unwind at stunning venues while allowing the familiar melodies of your favorite films and tv shows to wash over you.
Find the perfect Candlelight concert in Manchester honoring soundtracks that suit your schedule. With a range of performances coming to Manchester Cathedral and Hallé St Peter’s, you’re certain to find the ideal show for you.
Note: For the safety of our audience, all of the candlelight will be provided through flameless candles.